Children with disabilities are being denied an education across the developing world, according to a new report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the child rights organisation, Plan International.
Research – led by Dr Hannah Kuper, Director of the School’s International Centre for Evidence in Disability – found that children with disabilities are 10 times less likely to attend school than children without disabilities. Even when children with disabilities do access education, they often fall behind their peers. Read more
Lower doses of the antimalarial drug primaquine are as effective as higher doses in reducing malaria transmission, according to a study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers.
Primaquine is one of the few antimalarial drugs that targets the transmission stages of the malaria parasite, the gametocytes, and is therefore considered to be an important tool for malaria elimination. Read more
Call for investment in environmental strategies to eliminate the most common cause of infectious blindness
temperatures and low rainfall are important factors which influence the occurrence and severity of the active stages of trachoma – the most common cause of infectious blindness – according to a new study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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Early results from a clinical drug trial of a new four-month treatment for tuberculosis (TB) indicate that it is well tolerated, but overall could not be considered as an alternative to current six-month standard treatment. The study – one of the first in 35 years – was presented at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris on 3 November by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on behalf of the Gatifloxacin for TB team. Read more
Experts from the School’s Malaria Centre and the ACT Consortium recently joined hundreds of researchers, activists, health workers, public health officials and policymakers at the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) conference in Durban, South Africa. Read more
This month Wendy Macdowall, Maggie Davies, and Liza Cragg publish the second edition of their book, Health Promotion Theory.
Described as “a readable and engaging overview of health promotion theory and practice from a public health perspective”, the book explores the origins and development of health promotion.
Aimed at both students and practitioners, it highlights the philosophical, ethical and political debates that influence health promotion today while also explaining the theories, frameworks and methodologies that help us understand public health problems and develop effective health promotion responses. Read more
Malaria experts comment on the latest findings from the RTS,S vaccine trial
Experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have welcomed the latest interim results of a major international study being carried out in Africa.
Results from the Phase III trial show that the RTS,S vaccine almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children (aged 5-17 months at first vaccination) and reduced by around a quarter the malaria cases in infants (aged 6-12 weeks at first vaccination) after 18 months of follow-up. Read more
Experts from the School’s Malaria Centre and the ACT Consortium are attending the sixth Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Pan-African Malaria Conference (MIM) in Durban, South Africa, from 6 -11 October 2013.
At the conference, which is the largest gathering of malaria experts in the world, leading researchers from around the globe will present the latest research on malaria diagnostics, control, treatment and prevention, discussing issues ranging from the growing problem of insecticide and drug resistance, to accurately diagnosing malaria using rapid diagnostic tests. Read more
A programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation may have saved around 600,000 people in India from becoming infected with HIV over the course of a decade, according to a new evaluation by School researchers, published in The Lancet Global Health.
Avahan, the India AIDS Initiative, which was launched in 2003, aimed to prevent HIV transmission in the general population through a comprehensive HIV prevention programme including the promotion of condoms among the people at most risk – female sex workers, high risk men who have sex with men and intravenous drug users – in the six Indian states with the highest HIV rates. Read more
A new consortium working to improve the use of nutritional iron supplements in programs to combat iron deficiency and anaemia and mothers and children, has been established following the award of a major grant.
The HIGH (Hepcidin and Iron in Global Health) Consortium is a partnership between the MRC International Nutrition Group at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and MRC Keneba in The Gambia, and the MRC Human Immunology Unit at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford. Read more